World Pond Hockey Championship in Canada
2002 - 2020
The World Pond Hockey Championship was first held in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick in 2002. It was the first event of its kind to be held anywhere. The event was started as, and continues to this day as a fund raising event to help pay for the costs associated with the construction of a new recreation centre for the community. The new Tobique-Plex facility opened in November of 2007 and serves all age groups within the Tobique Valley region.
From humble beginnings during that first ever event in 2002 that saw 40 teams compete, most of which were from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Maine, the event has grown to feature 120 teams from around the world. Aside from the hundreds of hockey enthusiasts that travel to Plaster Rock each February to compete, the event attracts thousands of spectators and media from around the globe as well. The event is scheduled for the second full weekend in February each year.
In 2017 affiliated with Czech & Slovak Pond Hockey Association named Hockey Dream. Teams from this parts started to attend and increase the number of European Teams in Canada. This move is very successful and increases the attractiveness of the tournament, this trend is to continue in the future with other European countries.
Next event 13 - 16 February 2023, Plaster rock - New Brunswick, Canada.
Attendance is 8,000 + people over the four days.
Roulston Lake (Plaster Rock Tourist Park). Play take place on 20 rinks (approx. 75x150´). 40 teams play simultaneously.
This is the hockey player's trip to Mecca. It's much like a pilgrimage, one that everyone should experience. It's amazing.
Warren Rost, London, England